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COVID-19 International Developments: Daily Scan, April 10, 2020
"To those who wish us harm, make no mistake: even with the challenges that this disease has brought to our shores, the Department of Defense stands ready to meet any threat and defend our nation," Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Norquist said during a news conference at the Pentagon on April 9.
Rethinking National Security in an Age of Pandemics
National security has traditionally been defined and understood in military terms. This notion of national security focuses on threats such as external armed aggression, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), terrorism, insurgencies etc.
भारत के स्वास्थ्य क्षेत्र को नया जीवन
कोविड-19 के खिलाफ हमारी जंग में चिकित्सक और स्वास्थ्यकर्मी नायक रहे हैं। इसीलिए निजी सुरक्षा उपकरणों की कमी के कारण उनमें से कई को संक्रमित होते देखकर कष्ट होता है। देश के सामने अस्पताल की शैया, वेंटिलेटर, जांच किट, मास्क जैसे जरूरी उपकरणों की भारी किल्लत है। किल्लत दूर करने की कोशिश की जा रही है, लेकिन ये सब अल्पकालिक उपाय ही हैं। कोरोनावायरस महामारी ने यह भी बताया है कि स्वास्थ्य सुरक्षा राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा का आवश्यक अंग है।
Afghanistan: Taliban abandons the 'peace talks'
Amid the global pandemic, when the countries are fighting for their very survival, the war in Afghanistan is slowly simmering. On Tuesday, the Taliban directed their negotiating team to end the ongoing discussions with the Afghan government on 'prisoner swap'. As stipulated in the troop withdrawal agreement signed by the US and the Taliban in February 2020, the prisoner swap was a necessary precondition to initiate the intra-Afghan talks. The decision by the insurgent group to end the negotiations has threatened to unravel the troop withdrawal agreement between the US and the Taliban.
Rejuvenating India’s health sector
Doctors and healthcare workers are the heroes of our battle against COVID 19. It is, therefore, painful to see that many of them contracted the infection because of lack of personal protective gears. The country faces an acute shortage of essential equipment like hospital beds, ventilators, testing kits, masks, et cetera. Efforts are being made to meet the shortages but these are at best short term measures. The coronavirus endemic has also highlighted that health security is an essential part of national security.
COVID-19 ails the Beijing Model
The United Nations Security Council, the premium forum to discuss threats to global peace and security, is yet to discuss COVID-19. An attempt to address the Virus was blocked by China last month while it served as the Chair of the Security Council. As casualties continue to mount, the world faces a dire crisis of this magnitude for the first time since the Second World War. One needs to question the role of the People's Republic of China in international affairs and the heft it carries at multilateral institutions.
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